Biden to host South Korean counterpart Yoon for second state visit

President Joe Biden will host South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol for the second state visit of his administration, the White House announced on Tuesday. Yoon will be joined by first lady Kim Keon-hee. There will be a state banquet on 26 April.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the event would celebrate the 70th anniversary of the alliance between the United States and South Korea, which she called “our two countries’ commitment to advance peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.” important”. and around the world.

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The US is trying to strengthen its ties in Asia as a counterweight to China’s growing influence. Biden visited South Korea and Japan last year, and he urged the two countries – both important US allies – to improve their relations with each other.

The standoff stems from the history of Japanese colonialism on the Korean Peninsula, and Yoon recently announced plans to resolve long-standing disputes over compensation for slave labor.

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Biden said he was encouraged by the development, adding that “when we stand together our countries are stronger – and the world more secure and prosperous.”

Biden’s first state visit was organized in December for French President Emmanuel Macron.

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